CM expresses grief over loss of lives in fire accident

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has expressed shock and grief over death of at least five people in Old Ziro fire mishap and asked the district administration to identify all the deceased.
He directed the district administration to provide relief to those injured and ascertain identities of those perished during the mishap for providing ex-gratia to next of kin of the deceased as per rule.
“After identification of the deceased, ex-gratia as permitted under administrative rules may be provided to next of kin of the deceased,” the Chief Minister said.
At least five people perished in the fire that broke out in Kudung Barang Colony, Lower Subansiri Tuesday evening.
He also asked the concern department to assess the properties lost or damaged in the fire and provide temporary shelter to those who have lost everything in the fire.
Taking serious note of the repeated fire accidents in the district, the Chief Minister appealed to the people to take utmost care and precaution while handling fire, especially during the dry season.
A fire also destroyed at least 10 houses in Hari village, Ziro Sunday last.
“The administration, police or the government can only intervene in the aftermath. Preventing fire mishap is the sole responsibility of the dwellers,” Pema said.
The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) urged the government to take necessary step to prevent such fire mishaps in future.
Expressing heartfelt condolence over death of five people in the fire, the APCC also urged the state government to give compensation as per rule to the family members of the deceased.